Austin is home to some of the very best places to get lost in work, good conversation, or delicious food and drink. There are so many coworking spaces, coffee shops, restaurants, and community spaces that make a huge difference in the way Austinites live their lives. These establishments continue to innovate and motivate in order to give this community everything it could ever need to bloom.
These spots all over Austin are motivating, full of friendly people, and they contribute to making the world a better place. Kick back and relax, sit up and get to work, or create new things at these 15 places.
- Industrious Coworking
Just steps away from the Texas Capitol and the Paramount Theatre, the Industrious central office space is located right in the heart of downtown Austin. This beautiful location was thoughtfully-designed with your productivity in mind. While they offer suites and offices, the community memberships are the best deal for individuals. Choose from a dedicated desk in a locked, private office or flexible seating in their premium coworking space. Membership includes access to shared amenities and common areas.
- Link Coworking
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Connection, encouragement, and collaboration define Link Coworking. Instead of competition, this community is built on mutual inspiration and support. Celebrating successes surrounded by people who are rooting for you provides a proud satisfaction. The encouragement of collaboration provides networking opportunities, referrals from fellow coworkers, and professional growth on a positive trajectory.
Coffee roasted right in the shop (with beans from only the best places all over the globe), Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has a comprehensive understanding of what it means to make a cup of coffee. Two levels of outdoor seating cater to all community members who want to enjoy the peacefulness of overlooking Lake Austin on a beautiful Texas evening. Free Wi-Fi and an intimate indoor space add positive energy to any project.
- Once Over Coffee Bar
Once Over Coffee Bar is an old favorite for those who frequent south 1st street for a good cup of coffee. When the parking lot is full, have no fear, there is street parking on Live Oak Street and Johanna Street, which are both conveniently close to the shop. The cozy indoor seating creates a nice, calm atmosphere.
There are a couple of tables for seating out front, and there is a back patio that will transport you away from the distractions that hold you back from fully diving into the task at hand. The patio is surrounded by greenery and overlooks Bouldin Creek. Lights around the perimeter add a special magic to the environment at night.
- Radio Coffee & Beer
Start your day with an expertly good cup of coffee and relax in the evening with a fine specialty beer. Radio Coffee & Beer is the ultimate local hangout in South Austin off Manchaca. The patrons and staff are joyful and lively. Even on the most buzzing of nights, it never feels overwhelming or chaotic.
Free Wi-Fi and seating options both inside and outside cater to all customers in any weather. Dogs are welcome to join you on the outdoor patio while you enjoy live music in the evening or a quiet mid-morning boost.
- Bennu Coffee
Regardless of your work hours, Bennu Coffee on MLK always has its doors open and its well-crafted coffee brewing. Productivity has a ripple effect at this 24-7, family-owned establishment. This place was made to get stuff done. The inviting vibes and tons of comfortable seating spark the motivation needed to focus and get to work. The seating ranges from typical wooden chairs to comfortable couches, appealing to any preferred work style. They have plenty of outlets (a super convenient amount of outlets) for charging devices, and free parking.
- Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors
If you’re looking for a good cup of coffee in a motivating and positive work environment on the East side, check out Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors. The folks at Figure 8 have built a coffee shop based on quality coffee served with intention. The indoor space is intimate and emits a positive energy that is demonstrated in the friendly interactions that take place among both staff and patrons. There are two rooms to choose from for working, with tables in a variety of sizes.
Sitting at the bar offers opportunities to either get work done, or chat with the baristas or fellow coffee lovers. The outdoor patio is spacious and airy, contributing to time expertly well spent whether you’re there for a coffee break or hours of productivity. The vibe provides a great place for anyone with a need for high internet speeds and a laid-back space in which to spend precious and productive time.
- Cherrywood Coffeehouse
Cherrywood Coffeehouse is a local hangout for folks who live, work, or want to hang out in the Cherrywood neighborhood. A true staple to Cherrywood and the surrounding areas, this coffeehouse has been warmly greeting Austinites since 2009. No matter the time of day, this is a great way to spend time wisely and efficiently without feeling stressed or distracted.
Generous indoor and outdoor seating can accommodate groups and individual parties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The outdoor seating area is particularly impressive, with shaded tables that are spaced out thoughtfully. An open and casual setting instills inspiration and connection to the pleasant surroundings.
- Central Library
Austin’s Central Library is a unique kind of enchanting. It provokes feelings of awe and an immediate curiosity in everything all at once. The possibilities for discovery are endless and you can take as much time exploring as you want.
There are plenty of seating areas and desk arrangements to choose from. These are not just any seating areas. You have the opportunity to sit in some of the coolest looking chairs in a building bursting with cool-factor. Sink into a book, zone into a computer, or take a break and hang out on the rooftop garden. Whatever your to-do list insists, get it done at the Central Library.
- Book People
Book People is more than just Austin’s favorite independent bookstore. It is one of the stones in the foundation of the Austin community. Its location at 5th and Lamar is super accessible by foot, bike, or car. The staff is friendly and they all have an obvious passion for reading. The café on the first floor is an awesome place to get in the work-flow in an environment that feels natural and easy. The iced coffee is absolute power juice, and they offer vegan and gluten-free snacks. The outdoor patio is another great spot for spending time. It is well shaded, making it a great place to spend a beautiful day.
- Whole Foods
Born and grown in Austin, Whole Foods is an undeniable staple in the community. The downtown location is perfectly located and presents multiple work and dining areas.
Two levels of indoor seating and two levels of outdoor seating offer places to sit and set up shop at any time of day. Having a healthy bite to eat provides nourishment which will help to sustain your work flow for as long as you need. Other patrons are hard at work, making productivity contagious in this milieu.
Craft, one of Austin’s best ideas ever, is located on East Cesar Chavez just East of Springdale. Two local Austin women are responsible for the genius that takes place at Craft on a daily basis. Eli Winkelman and Hannah Roye make magic happen within the walls of this walk-in DIY crafting studio.
Everyone’s favorite craft room bursts with contagious inspiration and constant reminders to never take yourself too seriously. A spacious floor plan and giant tables allow a community feeling without seeming overcrowded and Craft offers a wonderful environment in which to work (thankfully, there are coworking memberships available). With free Wi-Fi, frequent vegan snack breaks, and no kids allowed, spending a day (or every day) at Craft feels fresh and energizing.
Eats and Treats (Restaurants)
- Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery
Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery in Hyde Park is a sweet spot of Austin that never disappoints. The surrounding area is quaint and kind, there is a peaceful feel to the area. Quack’s is a longstanding, deeply appreciated Austin institution essential to the core of quintessential Austin.
With delicious pastries baked in house from scratch, an expansive menu, and plenty of options for coffee lovers, going to Quack’s is like going on a getaway but only driving a few minutes. And getting work done is easy with minimal distractions and an easy-going energy throughout the shop.
- Thai Fresh
Thai Fresh enables customers to have an experience beyond just delicious Thai Cuisine. The restaurant provides local groceries, cooking classes, dinner, dessert, and a space in which to enter a couple of hours of work mode. A gathering place like this is a realm which inspires fruitful collaboration, new ideas, and healthy eating habits. This is an excellent resource for those in the community who want a new regular spot to enjoy a bite to eat and have a fruitful work session.
- The Grove – Downtown
The Grove is a locally-owned, well-thought restaurant that pleases crowds at all of their locations. The downtown location is conveniently located and has a clean, sophisticated atmosphere without feeling pretentious. Valet right out front removes any hassle in getting there. Their specials are amazing, delicious food and drink are easy on the wallet, and the food is high quality. Spending a morning or a full work day at The Grove ensures superior service and delicious coffee to supply you with all of the energy you need to buckle down and get to work on your priority tasks.
Living in Austin means being a part of a positive change. Austinites are committed to making the world a better place. One coffee at a time, one book at a time, one bottle of glitter at time, and with plenty of Wi-Fi, we are making positive change. It all starts within the community. Increase positive human interactions (and smiles) by participating in your community and supporting local businesses all while getting your most important tasks done.
Working alone can be lonely, and other freelancers know just how much that hustle tends to create isolation. Working in a supportive and productive environment adds an extra tint of happy to your work session.
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And on last thing, don’t forget to breathe in some fresh air, take a picture of your coffee cup against the backdrop of a big Texas sky, and lose yourself in the work you love.